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Problem A continuous integration server should only have a minimal toolset installed. This ensures that no unwanted libraries could affect the build and other steps. Clearly that with this slogan also StyleCop should not be installed to the CI server. But we wanna have this analysis as an part of the whole build. Solution Prerequisites First at all we need the necessary files from StyleCop (the core assemblies and the target). The easiest way is to download the MSI of StyleCop, install the software ...
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For good or bad, Microsoft’s Entity Framework (EF) has become one of the most widely used ORM tools out there. While some may state that it's not among the better ones (or that it's not even a real ORM), it’s definitely the most convenient one: its Visual Studio integration and consequently its integration with the MS SQL Server database is unparalleled. This is especially relevant to people who haven’t used the concept of object-relational mapping before - there's almost no initial learning curve ...
Once you have configured your online preview, then you can proceed to connect to it using Visual Studio 2010. In order to get Live ID authentication working and such, there is an update you need to apply. This is something that can be accessed through the Administration page, and then clicking on download software. Clicking on that link will take you to the Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server Blog. From this page, you will be able to download the needed component to connect and authenticate ...
The Distinguished Field is often seen as the weaker of the two types of Fields when handling Fields in BizTalk. After all, the Distinguished Field can’t be used as a filter on a message, and it’s slower than its big brother the Promoted Field. Well, today I’m here to dispel the myth of the wimpy Distinguished Field and place in the pantheon of power that equals, and in some ways exceeds the Promoted Field. MYTH: Getting the value of a Distinguished Field requires loading the entire message into memory. ...
NOTE: The variable PropExists as bool has been already created The Property of interest is BTS.RetryCount The Message is Message_In The list from Using Operators in Expressions (http://msdn.microsoft.com/... has the typical list of stuff that you expect in C#, multiplication, bit operations (shift left and right) and Boolean operators, but a couple of extremely useful constructs are available that are unique to BizTalk. The most important of these (in my humble opinion) is ...
I've been back working with BizTalk 2006 R2 for a customer recently and I've become such a fan of the BDD style acceptance tests I've done in the past with BizTalk 2010 that its quite frustrating working back in Visual Studio 2005 and not being able to use Specflow alongside BizUnit 4 like I described in the recent videos on these subjects BizTalk & BDD Part 1 BizTalk & BDD Part 2 In BizTalk 2006 development your back to the older style xml bizunit tests and we were looking at some old tests ...
This type is a delegate and is pretty cool. It can contain a method with one parameter and no return value. You can read a bit more here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... This type is used Transient Fault Tolerance Framework in some of the ExecuteAction methods. For instance, the following signature allows you to call ExecuteAction and pass in 3 anonymous methods: public abstract void ExecuteAction(Action<Asy... action, Action<IAsyncResult> callback, Action<Exception> ...
This is just a reminder for my self of how and why we do this. We have 2 projects within a TFS project collection for our integration component developments. We have: 1. A project for .net based integration projects 2. A project for BizTalk based integration projects The main reason we do this is so we dont have loads of TFS projects as we have a significant number of components but also we want some different rules around check in and source control locks etc etc..... At this stage our build servers ...
If you want to debug your custom pipeline component you can make use of the Pipeline.exe utility to do this: Set the breakpoint in your Custom Pipeline Component code in Visual Studio. On the properties page of the project containing your Custom Pipeline select the Debug tab. Set the “Start Action” property to "Start external program" and then type or browse to: {Installation Location}\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010\SDK\Utilities\Pipeline... For the "Start Options > Command line ...

Small tool but saved my butt on numourous occassions... It actually allows you to adapt the bind order on the MS_TCPIP stack! Very handy if you're getting strange pingback address (APIPA?) like 160.254.x.x... You could get this solved using the host file but this tool adds a whole new dimension to this:

http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/nvspbind

I often see that people want to disable IP v6 on their windows machine but instead of disabling it completly they uncheck the box on the network adaptor. Unfortunately that is not enough.... In general I would say "leave it enabled" but there are always specific cases where you want to disable it. The only products I would strongly advise against disabling it are the SBS products. For some reason disabling IP v6 on these boxes can cause massive issues in communications between the different applications ...
By default Sharepoint doesn’t blocks user with limited access from visiting application pages (for ex _layouts/viewlsts.aspx). Someone who knows the URL, can go to this page. We can avoid this by change the limited access to lockdown mode. Use the command below. Action Command Turn on lockdown mode for a site collection stsadm -o activatefeature -url <site collection url> -filename ViewFormPagesLockDown\featu... Turn off lockdown mode for a site collection stsadm -o deactivatefeature -url ...
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About a month ago, Microsoft announced the release of Lync for Mac. If you have access to TechNet or MSDN you likely have access to download this tool. Among the benefits of the tool, being able to connect to Office 365. Exciting news, yet for some odd reason it was a battle if you had upgraded to Lion (have not heard of anyone having issues that is running on Snow Leopard). Microsoft then released an update for Lync for Mac. Now, after the update, it was still no dice for me. Upon further research ...
Windows Phone 7.5 represents a new and credible challenge in the smartphone space for both consumers and businesses to adopt with confidence. With strong predictions from some of the leading think tank organizations saying that Windows Phone will be number two in global market share by 2015 (behind Android), there has never been a better time for developers to start learning how to build apps for Windows Phone and understand how to be successful on the platform. In this day-long workshop, we will ...
The Azure Table service, provides a semi-structured storage in the form of tables that contain a collection of entities, these entities have primary keys and set of properties. A property is a name, typed-value pair. Every entity in table storage has two key properties, Partition Key and the Row key which together uniquely identify each entity in the table. The Table Service API is compliant with REST API provided by WCF Data Services. In order to use the WCF Data Services Client Library to access ...
I wanted to have a VM that I could access remotely and thought why not take advantage of the VM role. So I just documented my steps, for those of you might be interested, but more importantly for myself, if I have to do this again. the server image that is used for the VM role in windows Azure consists of a base VHD and may or may not have differencing VHD. to create the base VHD you can use Hyper-V Manager. Creating the Base VM image In Hyper-V manager connect to your server , right-click the server ...
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Introduction I’m sure by now you have heard that the Kinect SDK has been released by Microsoft. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog on “Getting the Most out of the Kinect SDK”. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at what it is: *Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect (originally known by the code name Project Natal),[8] is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console. Based around a webcam-style add-on ...
When you download the samples for this sdk, they are going to be read only as they are coming from the web. Windows 7 is pretty smart about this and automatically marks them read only, then VS 2010 picks that up and warns you Then when you try to run the sample, if the sample tries to read the config files it will most likely throw an exception. The solution I found was to use Windows Explorer and mark all sample folders as read write. Make sure VS is closed when you do this. Then open VS and boom, ...
In the previous blog post I discussed working with the list import tool for creating lists which was a timesaver for developing lists in the UI and then importing that list into a Visual Studio solution. I had some time in-between projects to make this process for simple lists just using the default views. How about doing this entire process in about 15 minutes in code! This is such a time saver that I just had to blog about it and save other developers this time intensive task! 1. Use a utilities ...
· For the last decade, the majority of my dev work has leveraged the .NET Framework for construction of information systems. However, my interest has lain in numerical computing. · Is it possible to have an increasingly higher level of abstraction and at the same time achieve underlying high performance computing? The prevailing winds say no: C# is aimed at productivity, and C++ is for performance. Garbage collection was great, but do we still need it with the availability of smart pointers? Would ...
We have gone through several iterations of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit in the past, and while it was not a complex process to get up and running for me, well that was not the story for many. I had the chance of participating in a Windows Azure Bootcamp, and while the attendees were aware of the requirements on the systems, well it was not as easy to get going. You can get the October refresh here: http://www.microsoft.com/do... I believe that is the reason for ...
Once the installer for the AdventureWorks Community Sample Database has finished, we then need to complete the process (not mandatory, but nice to do to play with the OLAP content). The first thing we need to do is make sure we note the location of the script files and samples. The path if you are working with SQL Server 2008 R2 is as follows: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Samples\Ad... 2008R2 Analysis Services Project\enterprise” I am working with the developer edition, ...
Level: Beginner In working with the Silverlight 4 DataGrid control, I found that documentation and online examples tend to focus on validation either at the cell level, or row level. However, there could be a case where validation is required after all rows have been entered, and comparisons between rows may need to be made. One example I can think of is the case where a list of products, including SKU information, is entered by the user. The SKU code is not derived automatically, but must be unique ...
Carlos Chávez : Exacto Soluciones En este video veremos el proceso de desarrollo desde un alto nivel. Las herramientas y procesos para dar inicio a un proyecto. ¿Qué necesito para desarrollar un sistema embebido de Windows 7? Windows 7 (Ultimade u otra versión) Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 WES Tools – descargar desde MSDN Instalar en un Hardware Real usando un USB Insertar un USB en blanco Abrir la ventana de comandos (CMD) y seguir la siguiente secuencia: diskpart list disk <Apuntar el número ...
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Intro If you want to test the internals of a productive assembly you must mark the assembly with the InternalsVisibleTo-attribute. This attribute has only one constructor which needs the name of the testing assembly. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... So this looks like: [assembly: InternalsVisibleTo("Unlinke... Visual Studio and 3rd party plugins uses the string to mark referencing ...
The much ballyhooed release of Nokia’s first Windows Phone handsets finally took place Wednesday at the Nokia World event in London. There had been a lot of anticipation building up to this “reveal,” and it is genuinely a watershed moment for the Windows Phone platform. That’s because Nokia’s adoption of Windows Phone brings several firsts: For the first time, a major mobile phone player has standardized on Windows Phone as its exclusive smartphone platform. For the first time (apparently) an OEM ...
Memory leaks can cause strange and unexpected behaviors in your applications. Of course in this day of managed code we don’t see it as often as we used to and many of us are getting rusty in our skill to eliminate these problems. Recently I ended up with a misbehaving Outlook 2007 add-in which resulted in time spent with Microsoft support. The first thing that came out of that was a way to detect if an Outlook 2007 is experiencing memory leaks. Below is a command line command that seems to report ...
If you are active on Facebook, there is very less chance that you missed on the recent Facebook UI update “Social Graph” or more popularly referred as “Timeline” (a screenshot of how the Timeline profile UI looks, here below) This Timeline UI has been quite popular and is supported in most of the modern browsers including IE9, Chrome 14 & Firefox 6 and above. I am a power consumer of web and use IE9 as my primary browser. Timeline UI works excellent in IE9. I have also downloaded the IE10 Platform ...
I am playing more with the Windows Developer Preview and simply love the backward compatibility it has for applications that used to work in Windows 7. And one of the applications critical to my day-to-day life is Visual Studio. Visual Studio 2010 with SP1 and ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools is my everyday requirement. Windows Developer Preview when installed from the MSDN Center has two flavors. One with the Developer Tools which I would assume, most of us developers would want and the other one, which is simply ...
If you, like me, have ever looked over the MSDN documentation and though how nice it would be to have that type of documentation for your codebase, SandCastle is the tool you’ve been looking for. SandCastle is a Codeplex project initiated by Microsoft in order to provide MSDN-esque documentation for .NET projects or asssemblies. The documentation can come in several formats such as CHM files or a website. GhostDoc and SandCastle Help File Builder To get started with SandCastle for documentation, ...
In order to refresh your OLAP Cubes (SQL Server Analysis Services), you need to create XMLA files. These XMLA files can be used in a SQL Server Agent Job, so that the Cubes are refreshed and re-processed. To accomplish this, you need to follow the next steps: 1) Deploy your Cube to your SQL Server 2) Right click on the database, and choose “Script database as” –> “Alter To” 3) Add the following node to the top of the XML: <Batch xmlns="http://schemas.micro... ...
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UPDATED Jul 3rd 2013: Added Art of Unit Testing Version 2 UPDATED Apr 11th 2013: Added Instant TFS 2012 and Project Server 2012 Integration How-to UPDATED Jan 12th 2013: Added Prof TFS Server 2012, TFS 2012 Starter, Pro ALM with VS 2012 and VS 2012 Cookbook UPDATED Dec 8th 2011: Added Kanban book by David Anderson “Send me a list of books to read” – that is what I am often asked. No more, as this list is an answer to those request! I have divided it into different subject areas, and each area hold ...
Coming from SPC a couple of weeks ago, during the keynote there was a demo on some great Visio Diagrams. It was created using the following: http://visiospfarmaddin.cod... Expect a post here in the next week or so on how to configure it. Another great tool I came across is targeted to those who are becoming familiar with PowerShell for SharePoint, and also if you want to use PowerShell with SharePoint Online. It is a Command Builder, you pick the verbs and nouns as you would regularly do with ...
DropkicK (DK) has been in development for over two years and has been used for production deployments for over a year. Dru Sellers originally posted about DK back in 2009. While DK isn’t yet as super easy to grok as some of the other ChuckNorrisFramework tools and offers little in the idea of conventions, it is still a stellar framework to use for deployments. DK works well in environments where you know all of the environments you will deploy to ahead of time (although not required due to the ability ...
Just in line with the release of the Visual Developer Preview and the availability of the Visual Studio Developer Preview 11 ALM virtual machine, now we have access to the Developer Preview Training kit. Download the Training kit here: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
I was working with the built in ajaxtooljit HTMLEditor and for some odd reason, the color picker was showing off the screen. I noticed that the "TextEditorDivContainer" class of the control had position absolute. To solve this problem, I had to wrap the editor in a div with a class named "EditorWrapper" and change the position of the "TextEditorDivContainer" class to static. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table ...

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Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of all my past little wonders posts can be found here. Previously, I had created some posts about the Task Parallel Library’s Concurrent Collections – which are very efficient collections designed for concurrent use with minimal contention – but in this next series of Little Wonders posts, I’d like to explore the parts ...
In the closing keynote at TechEd Africa 2011, Clifford de Wit (Microsoft South Africa) made improvements on his previous years attempt to geekily give away a prize, but unfortunately still got it wrong… here’s why. At Teched 2010 Clifford gave away an amazing prize of a wheel barrow full of tech goodies – if my memory serves me right, it included a laptop, xbox, kinect as well as a whole bunch of other fun stuff – a geeks delight. Unfortunately he was given some flack on how he decided to pick the ...
I am really proud to be part of the SolidQ BI Center of Excellence and work with Carl and others on the team. Check out the press release on Carl and the COE. In the future there will lots more info I am blogging about that the COE uncovers. Expect to see lots of stuff continue here on MVC, SL, WPF and Windows Azure. Ken ...
You must have heard about it. Windows 8 will all about Metro. Sure, you can run ‘old-school’ applications on the platform, but most attention these days is about the new user interface. The UI is based on the design language Metro, a design philosophy we first saw in Windows Phone. Nowadays you see more and more of Metro. The Microsoft website is loosely based on it, the Zune mediaplayer uses it and so on. So it wasn’t a surprise to see that Windows 8 is all about Metro. In this screenshot you see ...